1. Starbucks rewards customers are up in arms over having to pay for extras like soy milk and syrup — goodies they once got for free. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

    GOOD DAY FOR:

    Getting the West Wing vote
    A Michigan Supreme Court candidate whose sister appeared on 48 episodes of The West Wingsomehow convinces the show’s cast to reunite for her campaign ad. [The Daily What]

    One-upping Colbert
    After Stephen Colbert ridicules USA Today's confounding new logo design, America's newspaper needles the comedian by printing a logo featuring Spongebob Squarepants in the Pentagon with a Dorito — a reference to a joke Colbert made on the show. [HyperVocal]

    Channeling your inner Steve Irwin
    A Florida grandfather living in a retirement community saves his terrier’s life by literally wrestling the dog free from the jaws of an alligator. [Death & Taxes]


    BAD DAY FOR:

    Collegiality
    A verbal altercation between two flight attendants delays a flight bound for Washington, D.C., for four hours. [Gothamist]

    Vegan coffee fiends
    Vegans and other soy milk enthusiasts are up in arms after Starbucks starts charging rewards program members for soy milk and syrup — extras that were once free. [Business Insider]

    Peaceful commutes
    Citing the freedom of speech, a judge rules that 10 New York subway stations must display ads bearing offensive, anti-Muslim messages. [Newser]

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  2. Amanda Bynes: The former child star with a DUI record (her April 6 booking photo, pictured) was caught allegedly getting high in her car. Photo: Getty Images

    GOOD DAY FOR: 

    Facebook activism
    A new study suggests that social networks like Facebook are more effective at getting people to vote than television ads or phone calls. [Discovery News]

    The not-particularly-thirsty
    The New York City Board of Health approves a ban on sugary drinks larger than 16-ounces at restaurants, concession stands, and other eateries. [Slate]

    Color corrections
    SNL announces that actually African-American cast-member Jay Pharaoh will take over as the show’s go-to Obama impersonator, releasing Fred Armisen (who’s of Venezuelan-German-Japanese extraction) of his duties. [The Daily What]

    BAD DAY FOR: 

    Smut
    In its first week of sales, No Easy DayNavy SEAL Matt Bissonnette’s firsthand account of the 2011 raid on Osama bin Laden, sells more copies than Fifty Shades of Grey. [Death & Taxes]

    Being untidy
    A photographer obsessively documents actress Amanda Bynes allegedly smoking marijuana in her car, surrounded by junk food wrappers (!) and other debris. [Buzzfeed

    Rebranding
    Online marketplace eBay unveils its brand new logo — less “spunky,” more “corporate” — and faces lukewarm reviews. [Geekosystem]

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  3. "I’m very looking forward to a Republican being back in office," porn star Jenna Jameson said of her presidential pick Mitt Romney. 

    GOOD DAY FOR:

    People tired of seeing their friends’ babies
    A new internet browser extension, unbaby.me, automatically replaces Facebook photos of friends’ babies with cats. [Slate]

    Dino lovers
    An eccentric billionaire plans to build a real-life version of Jurassic Park on his estate. [Death & Taxes]

    Blowing off steam with no repercussions
    A new start-up allows disgruntled employees to anonymously vent their frustrations directly to their managers. [TIME]

    BAD DAY FOR:

    Zuck’s .001 percent cred
    Facebook’s poor stock performance drops Mark Zuckerberg off the list of top 10 tech billionaires. [Newser]

    The criminally dumb
    A man who allegedly stole a $600 bike from a shop is caught when he brings the bike back a few hours later so he can buy a lock. [Consumerist]

    Unwanted endorsements
    Porn star Jenna Jameson endorses Mitt Romney for president. [HyperVocal] 

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  4. Pilot Mark Simmons was pulling another man’s “Will You Marry Me?” banner with his plane (not pictured) when his engine failed and the plane crashed. Simmons emerged unharmed.

     GOOD DAY FOR:

    Three little bears
    A couple rescues three bear cubs from a dumpster they were trapped in. [BuzzFeed]

    Generational dominance
    A 60-year-old man becomes a father, grandfather, and great-grandfather in the span on three months when his wife, daughter, and granddaughter all give birth to boys. [The Daily What]

    Showing some skin
    Despite a new rule that lets relatively modest female Olympic volleyball players compete in shorts and T-shirts instead of the standard bikini uniform, the U.S. team vows to continue to spike in bikinis. [Jezebel]

    BAD DAY FOR:

    Fashion vigilantes
    An angry driver tries to run over a pedestrian because he “didn’t like the plaid jacket he was wearing.” [Newser]

    Buttery fingers
    A customer at London’s Playboy Club drops and shatters a $77,000 bottle of scotch, one of the world’s most expensive bottles of liquor. [Death & Taxes]

    Inauspicious beginnings
    A plane carrying a “Will you marry me?” banner takes a nosedive and crashes off the coast of Rhode Island. [TIME]

     

  5. Posh, Sporty, Ginger, Baby and Scary aka The Spice Girls, are set to close out the 2012 Olympics in London. 

    GOOD DAY FOR:

    A medieval support system
    A bra from the 15th century is unearthed during reconstruction work at a medieval castle in Austria. The discovery is now arguably the world’s oldest known brassiere. [Discovery News]

    Outsmarting the bad guys
    Endangered gorillas in Rwanda figure out how to dismantle poachers’ traps to avoid death. [Jezebel]

    Spicing up the Olympics
    The Spice Girls will reportedly perform at the London Olympics’ closing ceremony. [New York]

    BAD DAY FOR:

    Sensitivity in tweeting
    The National Rifle Association sends out a morning tweet following the Colorado movie theater shooting that says, “Good morning, shooters. Happy Friday!” and deletes it shortly afterwards, without acknowledging its misstep. [Politicker]

    Withdrawing some pounds
    The influx of tourists in London during the Olympic season causes massive lines at ATMs around the city, with many of the machines running out of cash. [Consumerist]

    Taking a beating
    An Indiana GOP branch removes an Obama punching bag, which featured a cartoon of the president’s likeness with a black eye and the words “Vote Republican,” from a county fair following complaints. [Opposing Views]

     

  6. McDonald’s has gained “sole rights” to selling french fries (or “chips” as they say in the U.K.) during the 2012 London.

    GOOD DAY FOR:

    Baby boomer boozehounds
    A new study finds that moderate alcohol consumption can reduce bone loss in middle-aged women. [Huffington Post]

    The service industry
    A family fulfills a deceased man’s dying wish of buying a pizza and giving the server a $500 tip. [Gawker]

    Serendipitous shopping
    A man finds his stolen car on eBay — 42 years after it was swiped from a Philadelphia street. [Geekosystem]

    BAD DAY FOR:

    Olympic competition
    Food vendors at the London Olympics bemoan the fact that the McDonald’s sponsorship deal prevents Golden Arches competitors from selling french fries. [Newser]

    Mourning joe
    A South Carolina funeral home is criticized for opening a Starbucks franchise on its premises. [New York]

    Yahoo’s comeback
    A security breach exposes nearly half a million of the beleaguered internet company’s users’ email addresses and passwords to hackers. [Business Insider]

     

  7. While cleaning his grandfather’s attic (not pictured), an Ohio man discovered a box of circa 1910 baseball cards estimated to be worth over $3 million dollars.

    GOOD DAY FOR:

    A Colbert Nation education
    The Colbert Report's popularity sparks the creation of an array of courses at universities around the country about the art of fake news and satire. [Newser]

    Tidying
    An Ohio man finds a rare collection of 1910 baseball cards worth $3 million while cleaning out his attic. [Consumerist]

    Arrested Development developments
    Actor Jason Bateman announces via Twitter that the beloved cult show will begin filming new Netflix-only episodes in four weeks. [New York]

    BAD DAY FOR:

    Strange requests
    A North Carolina man is taken into custody after he barricades himself inside a hotel room and demands pizza… and the hand of Paris Hilton in marriage. [TIME]

    Ill-advised outsourcing
    The U.S. Olympic team’s opening ceremony uniforms were allegedly made in China. [Daily News]

    Partying too hard
    Drunken hooligans damage three irreplaceable dinosaur fossils that had been discovered by scientists in Canada. [Business Insider]

     

  8. Irvin Gordon drives his Volvo P1800S, which he’s had since 1966. The vehicle is 34,000 miles away from reaching the 3 million mile mark.

    GOOD DAY FOR:

    Automotive longetivity
    A New York man’s 1966 Volvo racks up close to 3 million miles. [Consumerist]

    Cookies, maybe
    Sesame Street delights young-at-heart internet users with an official Cookie Monster parody video of “Call Me Maybe.” [Tecca]

    Staying in character
    Actor Ron Perlman dresses up as his signature Hellboy character to visit a Hellboy-obsessed 6-year-old leukemia patient. [New York]


    BAD DAY FOR:

    Hastily hitting send
    A college student accidentally sends an email to a potential employer with a crazed photo of Nicolas Cage attached instead of her cover letter and resume. [Huffington Post]

    Awfully questionable parenting
    An X-ray machine catches an Egyptian couple trying to smuggle their 5-month-old baby through airport security in a suitcase. [The Stir]

    Wordplay
    Utah Valley Magazine titles an article on colorful women’s clothing “Women of color,” and pairs it with a photo of the magazine’s all-white staff adorned in brightly-colored attire. [Gawker]

     

  9. The Toxoplasma gondii parasite is commonly found in cat feces, and reportedly increases pet owners’ risk of suicide.


    GOOD DAY FOR:

    Life after Potter
    J.K. Rowling unveils the cover of her first post-Harry-Potter novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, which will be released September 27. [New York]

    Aging beautifully
    Amid ongoing criticism for its use of alarmingly young and scantily-clad models, American Apparel fires back with beautiful photos of its oldest model yet. [BuzzFeed]

    Natural cross-promotion
    A rare lizard that bears the same red-and-blue coloring as Spiderman is discovered in Kenya. [HyperVocal]
     

    BAD DAY FOR: 

    Lonely cat owners
    A new study suggests that a parasite found in cat feces is linked to an increased likelihood of suicide in pet owners. [Death & Taxes]

    Thinking before tweeting
    A twitter account called @NeedADebitCard retweets photos of people’s debit cards that users were dumb enough to post publicly. [The Daily Dot]

    Trusting your friends
    Twenty-five percent of female Facebook users admit to posting unflattering photos of friends on Facebook on purpose, according to a new survey. [Gawker]

     

  10. The brown widow spider, which is reportedly “taking over” in southern California, loves hiding in the crevices of cheap patio furniture.

    GOOD DAY FOR:

    Feats of derring-do
    Two racecar drivers at the X Games successfully zip through a giant version of the popular Hot Wheels Double Dare Snare toy — essentially, an upside-down loop the size of a six-story building. [Geekosystem]

    Cheesy July 4 stunts
    In honor of Independence Day, a Wisconsin cheese artist begins carving a replica of Mount Rushmore (called My Country ‘Tis of Cheese) out of a 640-pound block of cheddar. [Death & Taxes]

    The Biebs
    Baby-faced pop music sensation Justin Bieber graduates from high school. [The New York Times]

    BAD DAY FOR:

    Sun-loving arachnophobes
    The population of brown widow spiders explodes in southern California. [Los Angeles Times]

    Keeping kids away from painkillers
    The makers of addictive painkiller OxyContin aim to get FDA approval for a version of the drug that could be administered to children as young as 6 years old. [The Daily]

    The ‘burbs
    A new report finds that for the first time since the 1920s, U.S. cities are growing faster than the suburbs. [TIME]

     

  11. Uggie, the canine star of The Artist, is the first pup ever to immortalize his paw prints outside of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

    GOOD DAY FOR:

    Spicing up your life
    The Spice Girls officially announce the London premiere of Viva Forever!, a musical based on the girl group’s greatest hits. [BuzzFeed]

    Canine celebs
    Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier best known for his role in the Oscar-winning film The Artist, plants his paw prints on Hollywood’s walk of fame. [The Frisky]

    Protecting “The Brow”
    Kentucky basketball phenomenon Anthony Davis, who is widely expected to be the top pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, trademarks his famous unibrow by calling dibs on the phrases “Fear The Brow” and “Raise The Brow.” [The Daily What]

    BAD DAY FOR:

    Celebrity dopplegangers
    A Tennessee man is kicked out of a Kenny Chesney concert for causing “confusion” after other fans mistake him for the country singer. [Death & Taxes]

    Excessive subdivisions
    An L.A. landlord is in trouble with the law for allegedly dividing a three-apartment triplex into 44 separate units. [Consumerist]

    Rookie mistakes
    A New Jersey woman sues a little-leaguer for $150,000 after his errant throw hits her in the face during practice. [TIME]

     

  12. The last of his kind, a 200-pound Pinta Island giant tortoise named Lonesome George passed away over the weekend, at over 100 years of age.

    GOOD DAY FOR:

    Leaving work early
    A new analysis finds that the most dangerous time for driving is between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., due to rush hour traffic. [Discovery News]

    Post-impressionist art
    A productively obsessive-compulsive YouTuber re-creates Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Nightwith 7,000 dominoes. [The Daily What]

    Feeling young
    Two Ohio great-grandmothers parachute from a plane to raise money for a veterans’ food pantry. [The Stir]

    BAD DAY FOR:

    Dying alone
    Giant Galapagos tortoise “Lonesome George,” the last tortoise of his kind and a conservation symbol, dies. He was believed to be about 100 years old. [Death & Taxes]

    Garish gas guzzlers
    A study finds that red cars are statistically more likely to be hit with bird droppings. [Gawker]

    Honoring the dead
    On a class trip to the 9/11 Memorial, New York City junior high students hurl trash and other items into its reflecting pools. [Newser]

     

  13. The Good Humor Ice Cream supply for summer is running low in some parts of the country, and the company doesn’t have a large enough stock to sell wholesale to ice cream trucks.

     GOOD DAY FOR:

    Virtual good deeds
    After a video of an elderly bus monitor being bullied goes viral, a do-gooder sets up a fundraising campaign that has already raised more than $33,000 for her retirement funds. [Death & Taxes]

    A new summer earworm
    Pop music phenom Carly Rae Jepsen releases a new single that’s just as catchy as “Call Me Maybe.” [The Daily Dot]

    The healing power of puppies
    A new study finds that microbes found on dogs can help prevent childhood asthma. [TIME]


    BAD DAY FOR:

    Lawless librarians
    A New York librarian gets busted for allegedly skimming $163,582 in late fees over a seven-year period. [Discovery News]

    Beating the heat
    Several ice cream trucks in the Northeast grapple with a shortage of chilly treats, thanks to early summer heat and the shutdown of a Good Humor plant. [Consumerist]

    Subtlety
    In Ann Curry’s first Today show since The New York Times reported that NBC wants to replace her, producers accidentally put a lower third below her face with the headline, “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow.” [HyperVocal]